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National Team Trials: Isaac Masembe Sets New Targets After Shattered Olympics Dream

Masembe (right) landing a punch on Namuwongo's Paul Kagame in blue (left). Photo by FRED KISEKKA

Isaac Masembe has set sights on representing Uganda at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after missing out on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Shadir Musa Bwogi, David Ssemujju and Catherine Nanziri were the only three Bombers at the games in Tokyo.

Masembe’s chance to Tokyo was left hanging when he lost to Ghanaian Samuel Takyi by split point decision at the Africa Olympic Games qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal in February.

Isaac Masembe (courtesy photo)

Then, his other hope was at the Global Boxing Qualifiers in Paris but they were also later scrapped.

The development meant that the remaining slots at the Tokyo Olympics were to be determined by rankings according to the Boxing Task Force.

Masembe’s wait was ended when Morocco’s Mohammed Hamout was considered.

“I missed the Olympics ticket but right now I am preparing for commonwealth and I am now targeting a gold medal in Birmingham,” Masembe told The-SportsNation on Monday.

“Right from the Senegal qualifiers, I never rested, I started training for upcoming events and stayed in character.

“I want all Ugandans to have me in your prayers. I promise a gold medal. I have added in a lot during training.”

Isaac Masembe of COBAP Boxing Club (left) announced as the winner. (Photo by Kiseka Fred)

Masembe showed that he meant business on Monday when he floored Namuwongo’s Kagame Paul in just a minute to win by a RSC (Referee Stops Contest) decision in the Featherweight division during the National Team Trials.

He displayed great composure, combined skill and great footwork, sharp counters and effective counter punches before stopping his opponent in the first of three rounds.

“I thank everyone who has supported me during this fight and the might Lord who has enabled me overcome my opponent today,” said a disciplined COBAP fighter.

“In my opinion, and I always say this, no one is young here, everyone who enters the ring has had enough preparations and ready to do anything to stop you.”

Masembe won Silver for Uganda at the 2019 African games in Rabat.


Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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